Boy Scout In San Diego Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound At Camp

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An 11-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning, and police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.

Police received a call at 7:36 a.m. Monday that a boy had shot himself in the head at the camp on Fiesta Island, Officer Matt Tortorella told The Associated Press.

Officers found a gun in the boy’s tent. It’s not clear yet where the gun came from or how it got into the camp.

“This is an extremely sad day for our entire scouting family,” Boy Scouts of America said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and all those who experienced this tragedy. Our top priority is providing support to our community and for those in the grieving process.”

The organization said grief counselors were sent to the camp.

The weeklong summertime program allows Scouts to camp among sandy dunes on Mission Bay in San Diego. They can sail, kayak, and do other activities while earning merit badges.

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